The Youth Arts Corp program encourages at-risk youth, aged 10-15, to participate
in the arts as an alternative to delinquent or negative activities. The program consists
of classes in photography, poetry, sculpture, drama,
and multimedia music production. The program involves representatives from the juvenile justice system,
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Public Schools, the youth, community artists, parents/guardians, and
other social service organizations.
The Youth Arts Corp has increased youths' knowledge and skills, their
interest in art activities, and their feelings of self-worth.
The participants have also established a good working relationship with their adult role
models. None of the participants displayed delinquent behavior at the Boys and
Girls Club during their involvement in the program. More than half of the students are
involved in Power Hour, the Clubs' daily homework assistance program.
Maria Suszynski, Participating Arts Director
Youth Arts Corp
915 Lake Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
T: 269.349.4485 x102